Chicken tractor size

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by corewassen87, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. corewassen87

    corewassen87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building a small chicken tractor for meat birds and im wondering what size I could get away with for say 20 meat birds. It will be moved atleast once a day but probably twice. Would 6x6 be okay ? Any input is appreciated
     
  2. scottygvsu

    scottygvsu Out Of The Brooder

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    It should be ok. Unless you already have 6' lumber, I'd go with 8x8. For no other reason than roaming space. The farther you can make them walk for food the better.
     
  3. corewassen87

    corewassen87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah that was the case. I have a bunch of 6' lumber laying around and thought it would work. We shall see k guess. If it's too crowded I have enough limber I could build another one! Thanks for the reply. What's your opinion on some sort of a floor
     
  4. scottygvsu

    scottygvsu Out Of The Brooder

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    I wouldn't put a floor in it. I you did, you'd have to shovel the poo out of there on the daily. Just let them poo in the grass. When they get big,6 weeks or so, I rake up the droppings and toss them in the sweet corn patch. That's just to prevent killing the grass where they sat all day.
     
  5. eviemethugh

    eviemethugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put in a floor it is no longer a tractor, and there is no point in moving it everyday. Also if they can't access grass it would need to be substantially larger in my opinion.
     
  6. corewassen87

    corewassen87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should have been more clear. I meant some sort of a wire floor for predator proofing. Not a solid floor. I also came to the conclusion I'm going to do the 20 birds in 2 batches of 10
     
  7. scottygvsu

    scottygvsu Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm curious to see how a wire floor works too. Maybe you could wire the floor on one tractor and keep us posted? My friend had something dig under his tractor and take every bird. A wire floor could prevent that.
     
  8. frankieHeck

    frankieHeck New Egg

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    Hi. This is my first post. We have a wire floor in our chicken house. It works great. Almost all the poop goes down the wires except where they roost a night. We shovel that spot out almost every week, usually takes 2 minutes. You should have a wire floor instead of no floor!!!!we had a fox under the floor once. We let our chicken out for the day around 10am. We move the shed every few months
     

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